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Brookfield resident files lawsuit against Downers Grove Jimmy John's for violating labor laws

Published: Wednesday, July 23, 2014 3:56 p.m. CST

BROOKFIELD – A resident of Brookfield has filed a lawsuit against sandwich chain Jimmy Johns for allegedly violating labor laws and depriving their employees of wages and overtime, according to media reports.

Emily Brunner, of Brookfield, works at a Jimmy John's location in Downers Grove and is seeking class-action status for a suit filed in U.S. District Court July 18.

In her suit, Brunner claims Jimmy John's violated the Fair Labor Standards Act, the Illinois Minimum Wage Law and the Illinois Wage Payment and College action by intentionally misclassifying 2nd Assistant Store Managers as exempt from certain law, which allowed them to avoid paying overtime, according to media reports.

The suit also claimes employees were not paid in a timely manner, according to media reports. The suit claims the company failed to pay thousands of employees a total of more than $5 million in wages and overtime in the last 10 years.

The suit seeks unspecified damages and money in back pay.

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